If you’re looking for a candidate for who could be the current generation’s version of a Townes Van Zandt or Guy Clark (not comparing him directly, but just follow me here), John Moreland could be an excellent candidate. Though you may never see him grace the stage at the CMA’s or hear him on the radio (but never say never I guess), he’s the kind of songwriter with such aching authenticity and universal impact to open-eared listeners of whatever stripes that like a big rush of water pushing up against a dam, at some point it has no choice but to burst through.
John Moreland has already received the praise of the likes of Jason Isbell who he’s toured with before and dozens of others, but an endorsement from one of the biggest females in country music at the moment is a pretty big deal.
Apparently during AmericanaFest a couple of weeks ago, Miranda Lambert took time out of her busy schedule to take in a set by Moreland, and during a long-winded Instagram post on Monday made sure the world knew he comes with a ringing endorsement from her. Also included in the post was praise for Lake Street Dive, Aubrie Sellers, and her current beau, Anderson East.
But this is far from the first time Miranda Lambert has shared her John Moreland love. Last year Miranda and a friend drove all the way to Little Rock to take in a John Moreland show and snapped a picture with him afterwards.
“Sometimes you just need to jump in the truck … with your girlfriend and road trip to Little Rock,” Miranda Lambert said at the time. “Especially when you get to see one of the most amazing songwriters to ever grace this planet at a bar with Christmas lights up year round! Thank you John Moreland for changing my life with your words and your voice. Best Monday night ever!”
Will we see a cover of a John Moreland song on an upcoming Miranda Lambert record? She has covered John Prine, Susanna Clark, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, and did a Chris Stapleton song before he was big, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Sometimes you just need to jump in the truck ( your Platinum Ram truck of course😊) with your girlfriend and road trip to Little Rock! Especially when you get to see one of the most amazing songwriters to ever grace this planet at a bar with Christmas lights up year round! Thank you @johnmoreland for changing my life with your words and your voice. Best Monday night ever! #musicismedicine #NashvilletoLittleRockandback #24hours #divebar #friedeggs #oldB&B #pyramidBassPro #memphisBBQ #truckstopswagger #VAGABOND